With Valentine’s Day 2021 the next big event on the calendar nearly, there’s no better time for to make a declaration of love. Here’s how to pop the question and write your fiancé the best Valentine’s proposal speech …
A Valentine’s Proposal: How to Make a Declaration of Love
Here at Wedding Ideas, we’re all in favour of chucking out the old stuffy traditions and calling women to pop the question to their partners. So how about using Valentine’s Day as the perfect day to propose to him or her? And with any bold declaration of love, you’ll want a romantic speech prepared.
The one tip we would give any wannabe speech giver, is to really make it personal. Here are a few ideas to spark your Valentine’s proposals and declarations of love and get you writing. Boys, these tips will work for you too!
Romantic Valentine’s Day Proposal Ideas
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In past years, a trip to the Odeon, followed up with some dough balls at Pizza Express might have done the trick, but with the rise of social media and comparison culture, you may be feeling the pressure to amp things up a bit this Valentine’s Day.
With research stating almost 1/3 of woman claim 14th February would be their preferred day to be proposed to, why not flip that around and make it happen yourself. We’ve compiled a handy little list of romantic Valentine’s Day proposal ideas for inspiration and to kick off the Hallmark holiday in style.
Propose on Holiday
Pull out all the stops for Valentine’s Day and treat your partner to a romantic break. Pick somewhere that means something to the pair of your, or somewhere your partner has always wanted to go. That way, you’ll have some sweet details and points of reference in your speech and future vows.
Whether you’ve opted for a chic city break or a beach destination, popping the question while on a trip away will not only make the holiday extra special, but also give you a special destination to return to on anniversaries to come.
Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Proposing on Holiday.
Unique Valentine’s Day Proposal Ideas
Events planner and founder of Your planning Angel, gives us her favourite Valentine’s Day proposal ideas to set you apart from the crowd.
Using a Drone
If you or your partner love a bit of tech, attach (securely!) the engagement ring to your quadcopter or drone and have it flown down to you while out walking with your partner. Appear to be as surprised by the drone as your partner is until it gets within reaching distance. Then, pull the ring off and pop the question.
The Treasure Hunt
If you love the outdoors, this Valentine’s Day proposal will definitely be a winner. Create a treasure hunt around one of your favourite locations. You could openly plan this with your partner as a fun activity with a load of friends. But, at the end of the trail, surprise them all with your proposal.
Get the Pets Involved
If you share a pet cat or dog, get home early, pop some Champagne in the fridge and prepare a beautiful meal. Put the ring on your pet’s collar and have them greet your partner as they walk in the door. As soon as they spot the ring, propose and celebrate your engagement with a chilled glass of bubbly and a great meal.
The Puzzle Proposal
This is one of my favourites. Embrace your inner geek by planning a relaxing afternoon at home, then casually suggest playing a puzzle. Bring out a personalised puzzle that, when completed, reads ‘Will you Marry me?’ This idea can also work really well with Scrabble, too.
Say it With Cake on Your Valentine’s Day Proposal
If your partner has a sweet tooth, how about ordering a batch of cupcakes spelling out ‘Will You Marry Me?’ in frosting and have them waiting on their arrival home from work? Or if you fancy yourself a baking extraordinaire, you could work the words into the cake to reveal the question as they cut in. And if you’re feeling brave, you could hide the ring in the cake or on the cupcake icing (the kind of cherry on top we’re into) – but make sure you avoid any potential choking hazards!
The Fake Photoshoot
Tell your partner you’ve won a romantic couple’s photo shoot. What you’ve really done is hired a photographer to take photos of you in one of your favourite locations to capture your proposal. Get dressed up and then propose mid-shoot. You could then have a romantic engagement photo shoot to celebrate.
The Valentine’s Day Proposal Card
On the days leading up to February 14th , plant Post-it notes or Valentine’s cards with sweet messages written on them around the house. Then on Valentine’s Day itself, present them with a card, like this super cute design from Not On The High Street, and a box of chocolates containing… you guessed it… the ring.
The At-Home Proposal
As we settle in to another month of Lockdown 3.0, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to head out for an expensive tasting course dinner this Valentine’s Day. This means you may have to get creative with an at-home proposal.
Check out our Top Tips for Proposing at Home.
Proposing to Him: Valentine’s Proposal Speech Ideas
How to Propose to The Football Fan
First things first, get your timing right. Switching off the Arsenal match at 60 minutes to pour him a glass of champagne and declare your undying love would simply demonstrate a lack of true understanding.
So ensure his mind isn’t elsewhere and tell him that you think you understand the way a true football fan feels leaving the stadium, feeling elated after their team has won a fabulous match. There’s a sense of excitement, a feeling of belonging, and a real belief that there are great times to come. And that’s the way you feel about him.
If that’s not enough, you could get really clever and ‘throw-in’ a pun or two to ‘substitute’ pure emotion for a funnier ‘point or three’. Or go for the full three points and head to their teams ground for the backdrop of your proposal.
You could write a romantic novella in which you and your partner live happily every after. But failing that, why not keep it simple? One option would be to take one of his favourite novels (ideally a love story), and use it to show your true feelings. Perhaps you found it boring the first time you read the book. You didn’t get it. Maybe the romance felt over the top, and the lengths to which the protagonists went to be together were simply hard to believe. Tell him that you were wrong. That you couldn’t relate with Gatsby, or Anna Karenina, or Mr Darcy, Cathy, or Jane Eyre, because you’d never felt what they had. Until now.
Of course, best to make sure you’ve both read the novel in question (if you haven’t, do some research so you can blag it convincingly)! If you can find a quote that captures how you feel, all the better. We recommend swerving Romeo & Juliette, though…
The Techie Way to Say I Love You
If you want to stick to a card, you might consider saying that your heart has been hacked, the code of love has been cracked (you get the idea), and sign it ‘Anonymous’. Please don’t refer to ‘compatibility issues’ which may scare him despite working perfectly on paper.
For The Film Buff
Short of nicking a romantic monologue from one of his favourite movies , the next best option would be take a classic love story and update it to your lives. Let’s take Casablanca, for example. For Isla, the impossible choice she faces is between the man she loves (Rick), and the cause she believes in (Lazlo).
Why not tell your fiancé how lucky you feel when you watch Casablanca, because to you, he is both Rick and Lazlo. Or that to when you watch Bridget Jones, you realise he is both Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Both Rhett and Ashley to your Scarlett O’Hara. Both Mrs Robinson and daughter to your Dustin Hoffman. You get the gist. The possibilities are endless!
He might turn his nose up at a suggestion to eat at Pizza Express, but a well-worded, food-centric proposal is a sure-fire way to secure a yes. Depending on what really gets his mouth watering (food-wise, that is), you could prepare their favourite meal and a few words that explain how much you love them. Then season it with a sprinkling of romance. Maybe he is like the perfect steak: tender, rare, well-aged, lean, and, erm, well hung…
Alternatively, you could concoct a recipe for ‘the perfect man’, using a list of his unique qualities as an ingredient list, and his life story as preparation instructions: cook in Northampton for 18 years, before removing and letting sit in Newcastle for 3 years. Place in London for another 7 years, until perfect, contented, and engaged!
Hopefully this gets Valentine’s Day off to a good start. But there is a more auspicious opportunity to come. Brides’ speeches are growing ever more popular and are another chance for you to let your partner know – in front of all your friends and family – just how much you love them.
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